Flights hit as runway inundated

Last Updated 28 October 2013, 21:46 IST

Flight services from Rajahmundry Airport at Madhurapudi, were cancelled as runway was partially inundated due to heavy rains. Jet Airways cancelled its services to Hyderabad and Chennai whereas Spice jet cancelled its flight to Hyderabad.

Earlier, a flight of Jet Airways which came to Rajahmundry airport from Hyderabad had to return after making rounds in the air as Airport authorities did not give clearance as runway was inundated partially.

The small airport in Rajahmundry, 357 km here ,generally operates flights linking Hyderabad, Mumbai, Tirupati, Bhopal, Indore and Bangalore to the coastal town.
Flights are expected to operate normally from Tuesday.

East and West Godavari districts famous for its aquaculture, paddy, and horticulture also bore the brunt of six days of incessant rain.

Brackish water aquaculture in Uppada, Kakinada Rural, Tallarevu,  Polavaram, Katrenikona, Uppalaguptam, Allavaram, Mamidikuduru, Malikipuram and Sakhinetipalli, was washed away as fresh water flooded salt water ponds on the coastal belt, killing the prawns and fish.

Prawn culture is being cultivated in about 30,000 acres in these mandals of East Godavari. There are another 50,000 acres in the above mandals where fresh water small fish is being cultivated.

Paddy and horticulture crops to the tune of 67,216 hectares are damaged in East Godavari due to heavy rains in the last six days.

With situation slightly improving, train service on Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam Section has been partially restored. The Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam Section, which was affected due to suspension of track between Elamanchili-Narsingapalli Stations was restored for traffic by Monday night.

Accordingly, the Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Janmabhoomi Express, has now been restored.

The rains might have ruined the Durga Puja season for Kolkata and large parts of south Bengal but the situation will not be the same during Deepavali.

The regional meteorological department pointed out that the sun has been out in its full glory since the incessant rain stopped on Sunday afternoon.

The temperature during the night is also likely to see a certain drop with Kolkata and its adjacent areas entering the pre-winter phase.

Met officials said that the maximum temperature recorded on Saturday was in the vicinity of 23 degrees Celsius

(Published 28 October 2013, 21:46 IST)

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